I do feel that permanence is lost on this new generation. Constantly interfacing with keyboards and typing makes it easy to delete or undo. Could this be leading to a world where every word we use to communicate with is spell-checked and reviewed before being sent or heard?
Words spoken are permanent.
You can’t unhear or unsay something. It’s so easy to type something–read it–and delete it. But if you say something you regret, it takes a lot for someone else to forgive something you wished you could have unsaid. I don’t know how many times I wished I could have grabbed the words that just came out of my mouth and pull them back in.
What happens when we realize we can’t speak face to face because the fear of offence or misunderstanding is too great? Will we become a society inept of eye contact? Slaves to our smartphones, only texting, never speaking.
Turn it off. Look me in the eye. Shake my hand.
“Nice to meet you.”